Sunday, July 8, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending July 7, 2018)

We were in Montréal recently, and managed to catch a bit of the their jazz festival. The event is a massive yearly music festival where most of the shows are free. We got to see a number of amazing acts, including !!!, who put on incredible live show!

If they happen to release a recording of their show, check it out at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, French musician Christine and the Queens announced their sophomore album, Chris.

Christine and the Queens is fronted by Héloïse Letissier, who got her start in 2010 working with a backing band of drag queens, hence "the Queens". She released her debut album, Chaleur humaine, in 2014.

The first single from the new album, the Dâm-Funk featuring "Girlfriend", was released in mid-May in both English and French ("Dam, dis-moi"). The album containing that single was announced on July 5.

Chris is set to be released on September 21.

Also announced this week:

The Chills - Snow Bound (September 14)
Emma Ruth Rundle - On Dark Horses (September 14)
Eric Bachmann - No Recover (September 7)
Hater - Siesta (September 28)
How to Dress Well - Land of the Overflowing Urn (out now)
Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes (September 28)
Sheryl Crow - “Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” (out now)
Slothrust - The Pact (September 14)
Sun Kil Moon - This Is My Dinner (November 1)
YG - Stay Dangerous (August 3)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 23, 2018)

I've been watching a lot of Queer Eye on Netflix lately and noticed that the food and wine expert, Antoni, seems to be a pretty big fan of The National. So far, I've counted him rocking the band's shirts three times. Maybe in exchange for the publicity, the band should compile a soundtrack for the show! If that happens, I'll have it over at Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Beyoncé not only announced a new album, but went ahead a released it, as well. Her latest surprise release, EVERYTHING IS LOVE, was a collaboration with her husband, recorded as The Carters.

At this point, I would be more surprised if Beyoncé were to release an album on a more standard roll-out schedule, i.e. announce an album, release a few singles and perhaps videos, go on tour, then release the album. Her previous two records, Beyoncé and Lemonade, were also surprise releases.

This latest seems to serve as an end to a trilogy for the Carters, one that began with Lemonade and continued with Jay-Z's 4:44. Each record has referenced the couple's relationship. The record was released last Saturday, along with a video for the single "APESHIT".

Also announced last week:

Bermuda Triangle - “Till the End of Days” (out now)
Buddy - Harlan & Alonda (July 20)
DJ Muggs - Assassination Day (June 29)
DJ Shadow - Live in Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen Tour (July 13)
Elvis Presley - Where No One Stands Alone (August 10)
Foxing - Nearer My God (August 10)
Freddie Gibbs - Freddie (out now)
KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (August 31)
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same Reissue (September 7)
Mass Gothic - I’ve Tortured You Long Enough (August 31)
Menace Beach - Black Rainbow Sound (August 31)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen (September 28)
Paul McCartney - Egypt Station (September 7)
Purling Hiss - “Out Tonight” (out now)
Restorations - LP5000 (September 28)
Saintseneca - Pillar of Na (August 19)
Steve Hauschildt - Dissolve (August 3)
Underworld & Iggy Pop - Teatime Dub Encounters (July 27)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending June 16, 2018)

It seems like Vampire Weekend has forever been almost done with their fourth album. The band announced that they will be going on tour soon, which may mean that the album will also be announced soon. If that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

I haven't had a weekend home since I last posted this list, so there's a lot to catch up on!

I'm looking forward to the third album, Hunter, from rock powerhouse Anna Calvi. That album is due out August 31.

Only a year Damon Albarn released the first Gorillaz album in seven years, he will be releasing The Now Now on June 29.

And we'll be getting a new album from Spiritualized, their first in six years. And Nothing Hurt will be out on September 7.

Also recently announced:

Bad Bad Hats - Lightning Round (August 3)
Best Coast - Best Kids (June 22)
Body/Head - The Switch (July 13)
Charli XCX - “5 in the Morning” (out now)
Chic - It’s About Time (September 7)
Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano III (September 7)
Cullen Omori - The Diet (August 17)
Death Cab for Cutie - Thank You for Today (August 17)
Death Grips - Year of the Snitch (June 22)
Interpol - Marauder (August 24)
Jenn Champion - Single Rider (July 13)
Laurel Halo - Raw Silk Uncut Wood (July 13)
Low - Double Negative (September 13)
M. Ward - What a Wonderful Industry (out now)
Maggie Rogers - “Fallingwater” (out now)
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - With Animals (August 24)
Mirah - Understanding (September 7)
MNDR - “Gravity” (out now)
MorMor - Heaven’s Only Wishful (June 22)
Mutual Benefit - Thunder Follows the Light (September 21)
The National - Boxer (Live in Brussels) (July 13)
Nicki Minaj - Queen (August 10)
Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow (August 24)
Oh Sees - Smote Reverser (August 17)
Perfume Genius - Reshaped (out now)
Prince - Piano & a Microphone 1983 (September 21)
RL Grime - NOVA (July 27)
Thomas Fekete - Grow (out now)
Thou - Magus (August 31)
Thou - Rhea Sylvia (July 27)
Tim Hecker - Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again Reissue (July 6)
Tim Hecker - Radio Amor Reissue (July 6)
Trevor Powers - Mulberry Violence (August 17)
Wild Nothing - Indigo (August 31)

New Music Friday - March 30, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Frankie Cosmos - Vessel

Vessel is the third album for Cosmos and follows her relative break-out, 2016's Next Thing, which earned a few best-of spots for the year. Though Cosmos has served as the stage name for Greta Kline, this album serves as the first outing of Frankie Cosmos as a band, moving the project further away from its bedroom pop beginnings.

Watch: "Being Alive"
Watch: "Jesse"

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

On her third album, Musgraves makes a combination work that I never would imagined together, disco country! It's not the entire album, but the stand-out track "High Horse" beautifully combines two genres that haven't traditionally been my favorites. The rest of the album is a great listen, as well, though is far more beholden to country sounds from bygone decades.

Watch: "High Horse"
Watch: "Butterflies"

Kate Nash - Yesterday Was Forever

Yesterday Was Forever sees Nash again taking on a crowdfunding approach to recording and releasing her music. 2013's Girl Talk was funded through PledgeMusic, this latest was a Kickstarter campaign. She returns more to her early career sound on this latest record, and tackles subjects like mental illness.

Watch: "Drink About You"
Watch: "Life in Pink"

MF Doom & Czarface - Czarface Meets Metal Face!

MF DOOM has become well-known for his collaborations, which have included work with Danger Mouse, Madlib, and Bishop Nehru. He's back with yet another collab, this time with Czarface, itself a collaboration between Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck and the duo 7L & Esoteric.

Watch: "Bomb Thrown"
Listen: "Nautical Depth"

Other Full-Length Releases

Amen Dunes - Freedom

Watch: "Miki Dora"
Watch: "Blue Rose"

Trace Mountains - A Partner to Lean On

Listen: "Cary’s Dream"
Listen: "Turn Twice"

The Vaccines - Combat Sports

Watch: "I Can’t Quit"
Listen: "Nightclub"

The Voidz - Virtue

Watch: "QYURRUS"
Watch: "All Wordz Are Made Up"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Flame 1 - "Fog"/"Shrine"

Listen: "Fog"
Listen: "Shrine"

Frou Frou - Details Reissue

Watch: "Must Be Dreaming"
Listen: "Let Go"

Future Islands - In the Fall Reissue

Listen: "In the Fall" (featuring Katrina Ford)

Joan Shelley - Rivers and Vessels EP

Listen: "Time Has Told Me"
Listen: "Magnolia"

No Joy/Sonic Boom - No Joy/Sonic Boom

Watch: "Triangle Probably"
Watch: "Obsession"

Pink Floyd - London 1966/1967

The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy,

Watch: "Call Out My Name"
Listen: "I Was Never There" (featuring Gesaffelstein)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

New Music Friday - March 23, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Alice Bag - Blueprint

Bag is a titan of the punk scene, sitting at the forefront of the riot grrl movement. She founded Bags in 1977, and was involved with a number of bands over the following decades. She released her first solo record, Alice Bag, in 2016.

Watch: "77"
Watch: "Se Cree Joven"

Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your Kindness Remain

Andrews cites Aretha Franklin as the figure who helped her teach herself to sing, though she does not cite the legendary performer or her contemporaries as influences. Her style combines folk and country, with a throwback feel to the 70s. There's a bit of soul and gospel thrown in there, too.

Watch: "Kindness of Strangers"
Listen: "I’ve Hurt Worse"

Erika Wennerstrom - Sweet Unknown

Erika Wennerstrom is the frontwoman for Heartless Bastards. The band is still together, but she is breaking out with a solo career for the first time in the band's 15-year span. We had the chance to see her perform when she returned home (the band is from Cincinnati) for a show. She was amazing and super nice; I am excited for this first solo outing!

Watch: "Extraordinary Love"
Watch: "Twisted Highway"

The Messthetics - The Messthetics

Fugazi were a post-hardcore band out of DC who were one of the earliest proponents of the DIY sound. They've been on hiatus since 2003, but two members, Brendan Canty and Joe Lally, have now formed this new band. This is the first project for both since their other band's hiatus and they are currently touring behind this debut album.

Listen: "Quantum Path"
Listen: "Serpent Tongue"

Other Full-Length Releases

Bonny Doon - Longwave

Watch: "Long Wave"
Listen: "I Am Here (I Am Alive)"

Cavern of Anti-Matter - Hormone Lemonade

Watch: "Phase Modulation Shuffle"
Watch: "Make Out, Fade Out"

George Ezra - Staying at Tamara’s

Watch: "Saviour" (featuring First Aid Kit)
Watch: "Paradise"

Guided By Voices - Space Gun

Watch: "Space Gun"
Listen: "Flight Advantage"

Jack White - Boarding House Reach

Watch: "Connected By Love"
Watch: "Over and Over and Over"

Field Report - Summertime Songs

Listen: "Never Look Back"
Listen: "Summertime"

Preoccupations - New Material

Watch: "Disarray"
Watch: "Antidote"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Band of Horses - Cease to Begin Reissue

Watch: "No One’s Gonna Love You"
Watch: "Is There a Ghost"

Ben Frost - All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated

Watch: "All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated"
Listen: "Self-Portrait in Aquamarine"

Bob Dylan - Folksinger’s Choice Radio Broadcast

Listen: "Death of Emmett Till"
Listen: "Lonesome Whistle Blues"

Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention - Live…San Francisco

Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won Remastered

Listen: "Immigrant Song" (Live)
Listen: "Whole Lotta Love " (Live)

Mark Pritchard - The Four Worlds

Watch: "Come Get Us" (featuring Gregory Whitehead)
Watch: "Glasspops"

Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour

Tom Waits - Blue Valentine Reissue

Listen: "Red Shoes By the Drugstore"
Listen: "Blue Valentines"

Tom Waits - Closing Time Reissue

Listen: "Closing Time"
Listen: "Lonely"

Tom Waits - Foreign Affairs Reissue

Listen: "Foreign Affair"
Listen: "Barber Shop"

Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night Reissue

Listen: "(Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night"
Listen: "New Coat of Paint"

Tom Waits - Heartattack and Vine Reissue

Listen: "Heartattack and Vine"
Listen: "Jersey Girl"

Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner Reissue

Listen: "Eggs and Sausage"
Listen: "Better Off without a Wife"

Tom Waits - Small Change Reissue

Listen: "Small Change (Got Rained on with His Own .38)"
Listen: "The Piano Has Been Drinking"

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending May 19, 2018)

By now, we've all heard the slightly-surreal news that art pop musician Grimes is dating billionaire Elon Musk. I have no particular opinion on them together, other than considering it to be an odd union, but I do hope that they treat each other well. We'll have to see how this impacts Grimes' music, she has been working on a follow-up to 2015's Art Angels. If anything is announced, be sure to check it out on my Upcoming Releases page!

Recently, Dirty Projectors announced their latest album, Lamp Lit Prose!

The band released their last album, Dirty Projectors, just last year. The album followed one of the more major turn-overs for the band, with both Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman departing after 2012. The album felt like a return to the more solo-focused sound of the band's early work and focused on frontman David Longstreth's break-up with Coffman.

The departed band members have not returned here, but Longstreth has seemingly replaced them with a number of collaborators. D∆WN was the sole feature on the last record; this one brings in Amber Mark, Syd, and Empress Of, along with a few others!

Lamp Lit Prose is set for release on July 13 (I've already pre-ordered it)!

Also announced recently:

Alex Zhang Hungtai - Divine Weight (June 29)
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge - The Midnight Hour (June 8)
Anderson .Paak - “Bubblin” (out now)
Braids - “Collarbones”/“Burdock & Dandelion” (out now)
Christine and the Queens - “Girlfriend” (out now)
Cornelia Murr - Lake Tear of the Clouds (July 13)
Devon Welsh - “I’ll Be Your Ladder” (out now)
DJDS - Big Wave More Fire (out now)
Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat Vinyl Reissue (May 18)
Florence + the Machine - High As Hope (June 29)
Fucked Up - High Rise 7” (June 15)
The Internet - Hive Mind (July 20)
Jenn Champion - “O.M.G. (I’m All Over It)” (out now)
Justice - Woman Worldwide (August 24)
Lil Baby & Drake - “Yes Indeed” (out now)
Mitski - Be the Cowboy (August 17)
MOURN - Sorpresa Familia (June 15)
Mass Gothic - “Dark Window” (out now)
Protomartyr - Consolation E.P. (June 15)
Ray Davies - Our Country: Americana Act II (June 29)
Richard Edwards - Verdugo (June 1)
Skepta - “Pure Water” (out now)
tunng - Songs You Make at Night (August 24)
Ty Dolla $ign - “Clout” (out now)
Ty Segall & White Fence - Joy (July 20)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

New Music Friday - March 16, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Bishop Nehru - Elevators: Act I & II

Bishop Nehru is young, born in 1996, but has been active for half a decade. He released his first album at 16; Elevators is his sixth solo release. On it, he reconnects with a past collaborator, MF DOOM, with whom he's performed as NehruvianDOOM, and partners with producer Kaytranada for the first time.

Watch: "Rooftops"
Listen: "No Idea"

The Decemberists - I’ll Be Your Girl

No, The Decemberists' line-up has not changed and it is frontman Colin Meloy singing "I'll Be Your Girl". The latest record from The Decemberists is intentionally absurd, facing the current political state with a strange sort of humor. The album also sees the band moving away a bit from the epic folk rock they've become known for and introducing a bit a synth pop. It's an interesting combination...

Watch: "Severed"
Listen: "Once in My Life"

JB Dunckel - H+

JB Dunckel is best known as one-half of Air. Both members have struck out with solo work in recent years, though Dunckel was the first to do so in 2006, releasing an album under the name Darkel. H+ is his first album under his (mostly, considering the initialization) given name. It follows his partner Nicolas Godin's 2015 solo debut, Contrepoint. Come to think of it, it's been a long time since we last heard from Air, let's hope they rejoin forces soon!

Watch: "Love Machine"
Watch: "Hold On"

Yo La Tengo - There’s a Riot Going On

The title of Yo La Tengo's 15th album is a nod towards a Sly & The Family Stone album of a similar name. In a way, it is the band's reaction to the current state of things, and like The Decemberists, they have chosen not to react with abject horror or despair. Instead, they employ the chilled-out, hushed sound they've become known for, with very calming results.

Listen: "For You Too"

Other Full-Length Releases

Dungen / Woods - Myths 003

Listen: "Loop"
Listen: "Turn Around"

The Fratellis - In Your Own Sweet Time

Watch: "Stand Up Tragedy"
Watch: "Starcrossed Lovers"

Mount Eerie - Now Only

Listen: "Distortion"
Listen: "Tintin in Tibet"

PRhyme - PRhyme 2

Watch: "Era" (featuring Dave East)
Listen: "Flirt" (featuring 2 Chainz)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Alanis Morissette - Flavors of Entanglement Vinyl Reissue

Watch: "Underneath"
Watch: "Not as We"

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Unmasked: The Ultimate Collection

Watch: Sarah Brightman & Paul Miles-Kingston - "Pie Jesu"
Listen: Lana Del Rey - "You Must Love Me"

Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels Reissue

Listen: "When Mama Was Moth"
Listen: "In the Gold Dust Rush"

Cocteau Twins - Treasure Reissue

Listen: "Pandora"
Listen: "Ivo"

Lady Bird: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Watch: HAIM - "Little of Your Love"
Listen: John Cale - "Days of Steam"

Love, Simon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Watch: Bleachers - "Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)"
Listen: Walk the Moon - "Surrender"

Roxy Music - Roxy Music Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Remake/Remodel"
Listen: "Ladytron"

Thundercat - Drank Purple

Listen: "Drink Dat" (featuring OG Ron & The Chopstars)
Listen: "Jethro" (featuring DJ Slopped Up)

Sorority Noise - YNAAYT

Listen: "No Halo"
Listen: "Chelsea Hotel No. 2"